Monday, December 31

December Wrap-Up!

Final Monthly Wrap-Up, my year in review will be coming shortly. This was another great reading month, I did slow down near the end, but with the holidays being here, less reading time. Not to mention, I go behind in my reviews, and I had to focus on those - all 14 of them. So that affected the reading goal - note to self don't let 14 reviews build up - it's time consuming.

This was an up and down reading month for me. I read 15 books (most likely 16, but it will also be a reread) 1 of those is a re-read, so there won't be a review. I read a lot of okay books, and a few books that just didn't do much of anything for me. But I read a few fantastic books this month too. My favourite was Clara Callan, followed by Doppler. My least favourite was The Bostonians followed by Five Quarters of the Orange.

  1.  Clara Callan - Richard B. Wright - 10/10
    1. Fauna - Alissa York - 5/10
    2. Summer - Edith Wharton - 5.25
    3. The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson - 8.5/10
    4. The Road Past Altamont - Gabrielle Roy - 7.75/10
    5. The Bostonians - Henry James - 4/10
    6. Entanglement - Martha Wells - 6.5/10
    7. Irish Country Village - Patrick Taylor - 7.25/10
    8. Doppler - Erlend Loe - 9.5/10
    9. The Time Keeper - Mitch Albom - 8.75/10
    10. Five Quarters of the Orange - Joanne Harris - 4.5/10
    11. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens - 8/10
    12. Jacobs Room - VirginiaWoolf - 6.75/10
    13. 13 - Kelley Armstrong - 6.75/10
    14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J. K. Rowling (Re-read)
    15. ? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (not finished it yet, but I should be in a few hours :))

The Challenges
I finished a few challenges this month, and one of the challenges I continued onwards with, I found it finished in November. So I still finished the Ireland Reading challenge - but my decision to try to do more failed. Gotta watch those dates! I go into more detail about the challenges in my year in review.

Completed Challenges

1001 Books to Read Before Challenge 2012 - 15/15  Completed December 8, 2012
Fall into Reading Challenge 2012 - 22/22 - Completed December 19, 2012

Current Challenges

12 in 12 - 133/144 - 92% Complete
Finish That Series Challenge 2012 - 1/3 - 0% Complete (Series 1 complete, 1 book read from series two)
Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012 - 42/50 - 84% Complete

Countries Visited 

This month I visited: This month I visited; Canada, United States, France, England, Northern Ireland, Norway and the Pegasus Galaxy.

Books That Followed me Home

The Arabian Nights - Leatherbound (Gift)
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
The Complete Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five - Douglas Adams (EBook)
The Time Keeper - Mitch Albom (EBook)
The Tiger Claw - Shauna Singh Baldwin
Heat Wave - Richard Castle (EBook)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chboksy
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
A Wind at the Door - Madeleine L'Engle
A Swiftly Tilting Planet - Madeleine L'Engle
Doppler - Erlend Loe (EBook)
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
Far To Go - Alison Pick (EBook)
The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie
The Blondes - Emily Schultz (EBook)

And that was my December, I have a lot more to say, but I'll say it in my year in review. Hope you all had a safe and happy Holiday Season!


  1. A good year for you. I liked Jacob's Room more than you did, must read Clara Callan since you gave it a top rating - Richard Wright lives in my area but I haven't read him yet. I own Things Fall Apart, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Five Quarters of the Orange, not read yet so I look forward to what you say about them. Always nice to see someone's reading cover many parts of the world. Happy Reading in 2013.

  2. It was a good year. And yes, you must read Clara Callan. I'm reading both The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Things Fall Apart, and I'm enjoying them both. So it won't be long. :)